To the Point - Student Handbook
Welcome to the 2013-14 academic year at St. Mary’s College. To the Point is a student handbook representing a roadmap for you to navigate the byways of student life at St. Mary’s. It contains information for students about available services, emergency procedures, administrative policies and procedures, conduct standards and regulations, and student government. I encourage you to read this handbook thoroughly and acquaint or re-acquaint yourself with the policies, procedures, and resources available to you as a student at St. Mary’s.
We are dedicated to providing you an engaging atmosphere during your time in college and we value healthy and informed decision-making. Your involvement in your education is absolutely necessary for academic and personal success. How you devote your time and energy in the following areas determines your involvement: academics, interactions with faculty and staff, residence hall and commuter living, community service, social activities, and clubs and organizations. Being successful also means having some understanding of who you are, where you are going, and how you are going to get there. It means asking yourself “What kind of person am I?” and “What kind of person do I want to become?” When you answer these questions, you can set some goals for each semester, for your total St. Mary’s experience, and even for your life.
Your involvement will challenge you to make responsible choices about doing your best in ways uniquely your own: choices about conducting yourself with integrity; about establishing yourself as a trusted member of the St. Mary’s community by creating humane and mature relationships with peers; about establishing a sense of personal vision and direction for academic involvement and personal success; and about making responsible choices in all situations involving St. Mary’s conduct code and student rights and responsibilities. To be successful at St. Mary’s, be responsible for yourself, your learning, your behavior, and your involvement.
Have a wonderful year; and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me and other members of the Student Affairs Staff.
Roberto N. Ifill, Ph.D.
Dean of Students
Office of Public Safety: 240-895-4911
Health and Counseling Services: 240-895-4289
Walden-Sierra 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 301-863-6661
St. Mary’s College of Maryland takes the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors seriously. We intentionally plan for predictable and unpredictable incidents and emergencies. An Emergency Response Team (ERT) is formed whenever there is a significant incident or emergency on campus. However, the ERT cannot respond to the emergency alone. Each and every person on campus has a responsibility to effectively respond when emergency situations arise.
Prior to an emergency situation:
Before an emergency situation arises, become familiar with the building(s) you use on campus. Know where the evacuation routes, emergency exits, and stairwells are. Find out where fire extinguishers and first aid kits are kept. If you observe something dangerous or life-threatening, call Public Safety at x4911 or (240)895-4911 immediately. If appropriate, Public Safety will request that the Dean of Students or designee enact an Emergency Response Team.
Basic emergency response procedures:
In every emergency situation or incident, each student, faculty, or staff member should carry out the following seven (7) critical responses:
- Remain calm
- Check official communication sources for information regarding the emergency
- Follow instructions for the next steps
- Care for and be responsive to others who may be in need of assistance
- Check in with concerned family and friends to let them know you are okay
- Check official communication sources for periodic updates
- Watch for the all clear signal
- Always be security-conscious by being alert; don’t take your safety for granted.
- Keep your door locked, even if you are away from your room or residence hall for only a brief period of time.
- Always lock your car doors and keep valuables out of sight
- NEVER lend keys, give your combination to anyone, leave doors open, or open your door or residence hall to anyone you do not recognize.
- When walking, use well-lit sidewalks. Do not take shortcuts through poorly lit, heavily wooded or isolated areas.
- ALWAYS walk with a friend. Escort service is available by calling Public Safety at (240) 895-4911. Be alert to persons approaching or following you.
- Be alert for suspicious persons or dangerous situations.
- Report all incidents (even if only attempted) to Public Safety immediately